In the novel To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee many characters are victims of the harsh conditions of Maycomb County. Often those who are seen to be metaphorical mockingbirds are punished the most. A mockingbird is one who only wants and attempts to do good. Characters such as Boo Radley, Jem Finch and Tom Robinson are exemplars of mockingbirds in Maycomb. In the novel it is explained by Atticus that killing a mockingbird is a sin because they do not do anything to harm to us like nesting in corncribs, or eating up the gardens, they only sing for us.
It’s human nature to want to protect ourselves from danger or getting in trouble. The same thing happens in To Kill a Mockingbird by the majority of the characters whenever something happens that incriminates them. A demonstration of self-preservation in the novel is when Atticus is cross-examining Mayella Ewell in court. During the cross-examination, Atticus says, “What did your father see in the window, the crime of the rape or the best defense to it? Why don’t you tell the truth, child, didn’t Bob Ewell beat you up?” (Lee 251).
Lee's portrayal of this outstanding character and his Chivalrous acts highlights why he is the main reference to the image of the mockingbird in the title. Miss Maudie explains to young Scout Finch that, "Mockingbirds don't do one thing but make music for us to enjoy. They don't eat up people's gardens, don't nest in corncribs, they don't do one thing but sing their hearts out for us. That's why it's a sin to kill a mockingbird." Miss Maudie's definition of a mockingbird and her vindication on why it is a sin fits perfectly with the character of Tom Robinson, especially in his situation with Mayella.
Atticus Finch is a a very strong hearted man with a happy family. Atticus is in Harper Lee’s To Kill A Mockingbird.Atticus Finch is the father of two children they live in the town of Maycomb County. One day Atticus has to represent a man named Tom Robinson in court and something big happens. Because of his integrity and kindness to everyone he should take a stand. The first reason it makes sense for Atticus to take a stand is his integrity.
Atticus tells his children, "...it is a sin to kill a mockingbird." This is the reoccurring theme because there are many different characters that can connect with the metaphor. There are many characters throughout the book that can be classified as the mockingbird, but only three main character have a perfect fit. Atticus Finch, Boo Radley, and Tom Robinson are all portrayed as the mockingbird for many reasons that are all different to each other. Not only are the mockingbird good people to be considered a mockingbird, but people who are very courageous and willing to risk their life for other people are the main reasons they are classified as
His generosity and willingness to help others was what eventually led him into trouble. When he was wrongfully accused of raping the daughter of Bob Ewell, Mayella, the jury at his trial declared him guilty of the crime even though evidence clearly proved that Tom was not. The jury concluded their decisions mainly based on prejudice and did not believe Tom’s word because he was a man of color. Due to people’s unfair judgments, an innocent mockingbird was
“Shoot all the mockingbirds you want, but it 's a sin to kill a mockingbird.” this powerful statement expresses that you should never try to hurt or destroy things that are innocent and od you no harm. In Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird there 's a clear representation of destruction of innocence shown through how the town ridicule Boo radley, and make him up to be this monster. How Tom Robinson is unfairly found guilty and killed for being black, and even through simple symbols like the rolie polie in the story. Boo Radley is a clear representation of how innocence could be manipulated and destroyed. Always being the oddball of the town, who never steps foot outside his home.
Ernie is responsible for his job because he’s never giving up and he is always doing his job. Ernie makes himself a hero because like if someone tells him something happened in the bathroom he goes and does his job. Ernie is a good person because he helps everybody in the school. Ernie is a good person by being nice. Ernie is always good person because he help the people in the office.
The river begins to lose its innocence when it is stained with the blood of Lupito; similar to how Antonio is scarred with the memory of Lupito’s death. Also, Miss Maudie and Atticus explain, “Shoot all the blue jays you want, if you can hit ‘em, but remember it’s a sin to kill a mockingbird” (Lee 103). The mockingbird portrays the innocence of a bird that causes no harm, only sings and that is why it is a sin to kill them. Tom Robinson is very similar because he is innocent and did not commit the crime and it is a sin to imprison him, yet the jury does anyway. The symbols both portray very similar
There are roles society places us in, and there are roles we place ourselves in, but the ultimate measure of character is what we do within these roles. Atticus Finch, who appears in Harper Lee’s To Kill A Mockingbird, plays three different roles in his life, and what he does inside those roles makes him the wise, ethical man he is. He is a mentor, a defender, and a teacher. As a mentor, he is a guiding figure to his children and those around him. He is always a voice of reason, and he leads by example.